In a recent interview with L’Equipe (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich midfield Corentin Tolisso hit on a number of topics, including what it was like to stroll on to the pitch at Säbener Straße and see a couple of legends like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery putting in work.
“When you join Bayern and see guys like Robben & Ribéry still giving everything at 35, that marks you,” Tolisso said. “No matter whether we win against the second or the last placed team, the guys shout with the same passion. After 2 draws, it’s a crisis. Here you only have to win.”
That sense of urgency impacted Tolisso and really hit home as he suffered a torn tendon. The 26-year-old became impatient and frustrated with having to deal with so many injuries over the past three seasons. In all the Frenchman has missed 74 games and been held out of action for 419 days since the start of the 2018/2019 season.
“I was in the bottom of a hole. I told King (Coman): ‘I’ve had enough. ACL in 2018, 3 months out last year and now this!’ I just want to play football. This injury was the most difficult for me, even more than the ACL,” said Tolisso. “I opened Twitter right after I woke up from the surgery and I read: Tolisso out for 6 months. I immediately deleted the app. I knew that if I checked social media every day, that would disturb me. So I stopped for some time and focused on my recovery.”
All of the time missed has left Tolisso at a crossroads for his career: Should he trudge forward at Bayern Munich or look for a fresh start elsewhere? For now, Tolisso is just worried about the challenge of the European Championships and not his club situation.
“I want to focus on the Euros. I’m not asking any questions about my future. I was so focused on my comeback in the past three months that I haven’t had any thoughts (about my future). I’m going to the Euros to win it, that’s the goal now,” Tolisso said.